Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chick Corea and Gary Burton Jazz up the Santa Fe Scene

Our innkeepers often choose a melodic jazz CD to play during the morning breakfast hour at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, but live is so much better, isn't it?  On Sunday, May 1, renowned jazz musicians Chick Corea and Gary Burton will be jazzing things up at the Lensic Performing Arts Center

Chick Corea, instrumental in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement of the 1970's, is also the founder of the ever-popular enemble, "Return to Forever".  Corea continues to be a  jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer of international renown.  Gary Burton, also a pioneer in fusion jazz, is known for his innovative playing of the vibraphone.  The two artists have produced several albums (remember them?) and CD's together, including the 1979 epic "Crystal Silence". 

Corea and Burton are currently in the midst of an international tour, covering the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Israel.  The dynamic musical duo shows no signs of slowing down!  This concert is a fabulous opportunity for all jazz lovers in Santa Fe on May 1.

Ticket prices are $30-$65 and may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Annual Holy Week Pilgrimage to Chimayo

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated to learn of the annual pilgrimage to Chimayo that happens every year over Holy Week.  During this time thousands of the faithful will walk up to 100 miles on their way to the Santuario de Chimayo.  For some the walk is a demonstration of their devotion to the Church, while others may walk to honor a loved one, to seek penance, or in hopes of receiving spiritual or physical healing from the curative powers of the shrine's holy dirt.  The Santuario, built in 1816, is believed to sit on sacred earth which has miraculous healing powers.  It is also sometimes known as "The Lourdes of the West". 

On Good Friday, the highways to the north of Santa Fe leading to Chimayo are packed with walkers, causing traffic to slow to a snail's pace.  Some walkers carry on the tradition of walking with heavy wooden crosses, though these days many of the crosses are fashioned of styrofoam, making the trip much easier.  By Easter Sunday the church will have received tens of thousands of visitors.

For those visitors wanting to get a real taste of New Mexico's strong culture and faith, I would recommend joining this pilgrimage for at least a mile or two.  Should you make it all the way to Chimayo and are looking for sustenance, I suggest stopping in at Rancho de Chimayo for some hearty Northern New Mexico fare and a margarita to whet your whistle after such a long walk.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Brunch at The Compound Restaurant

Santa Fe is a popular destination for the Easter Holidays - the lilacs and fruit trees are blooming, the birds are chirping gaily and spring is in the air.  While we offer a filling breakfast at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast, guests are always curious about where they can enjoy a traditional Easter Brunch a bit later in the day. 

This year The Compound Restaurant is offering a tantalizing feast of holiday favorites from a spring-inspired a la carte menu.   The restaurant, located in an historic landmark building on Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road, is known for its innovative menu and elegant atmosphere.

First Course Selections - prices range from $11-$14
Made to Order Spring Pea Soup
Cured Atlantic Salmon Salad
Bangers In a Blanket
Jumbo Crab Meat Salad

Main Course Choices Include - prices range from $19-$28

Jumbo Crab and Lobster Salad
Chicken Schnitzel (my personal favorite!!)
Beef Tenderloin Medallions
Salmon
Asparagus & Spinach Quiche

Dessert Options Include - $8/each
Strawberry Shortcake
Carrot Cake
Fresh Berries with Chocolate Tuile

There is also a children's menu available, including such yummy delights as Buttermilk Pancakes or a Black Forest Ham & White Cheddar Cheese Egg Scramble.

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Easter Brunch - Sunday, April 24, 2011
11:30am-3pm

Please call in advance to ensure a table:  505.982.4353

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil War Reenactment at Rancho de Los Golondrinas

For guests coming to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn this May, a visit to the Civil War Reenactment at Rancho de los Golondrinas is a must.  Rancho de los Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is a living history museum situated on 200 acres of an old ranch just south of Santa Fe.  Visitors enjoy special weekend events throughout the year during which volunteers wear period costumes and demonstrate daily life and historical events of the 18th and 19th century in New Mexico.  The place is fascinating even without a special event, as one can wander through original colonial buildings that have survived here since the early 1700's, as well as other historical structures from northern New Mexico that have been reconstructed at Rancho de los Golondrinas.

The Civil War Re-enactment takes place the weekend of May 14 and 15 from 10am-4pm.  The two day event features demonstrations of military drills, camp life, educational lectures and reenactments of actual Civil War battles fought in New Mexico.  For a special treat, book a Candlelight Tour and experience Civil War camp after sundown.  These tours are 20 minutes in length and must be reserved in advance by calling 505.471.2261.

Admission for the Civil War Reenactment is slightly higher than normal daily fees, but still a great deal.  Adults are $8, Seniors over 62 and teens 13-18 are a mere $5, while children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

For a memorable glimpse at New Mexico history, Los Golondrinas delivers.

Rancho de los Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507-4363
505.471.2261

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trey McIntyre Project Makes Santa Fe Debut

The extraordinary Trey McIntyre Project makes its Santa Fe debut on April 12 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to buy their tickets now, as sales are brisk.   The contemporary dance company, known for its athletic and innovative choreography, began in 2005 as a summer touring group. They were received with such enthusiasm that in just a few short years they have grown to become one of the most highly sought-after dance companies in the country today. 

The highlight of the evening will be "Ma Maison", created in collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, LA.  The rousing romp brings together the unique musical sounds of New Orleans with decidedly fresh and ground-breaking choreography, evoking a vibrant funeral procession.   Dancers wear bright colors  and skeleton masks, along the lines of the well-known (in Santa Fe) El Día de los Muertos costumes.

The Trey McIntyre Project is known for its innovative blend of classical ballet with powerful and hip street moves, accompanied by a range of musical styles, from classical to rock.  The work is challenging to those expecting traditional ballet, and even expands the limits of contemporary ballet.  For those of you who hunger relentlessly to challenge the status quo, The Trey McIntyre Project is a must-see.

Tickets are $25-$50 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Santa Fe Performing Arts Center
211 San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
April 12, 7pm

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bread and Chocolate - the Staff of Life

We often recommend tours of Santa Fe to our guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast - there are plenty of walking tours, ghost tours and archeological sites tours.  However,  if you are like me and love bread and chocolate, here is just the tour for you.

Beginning at the Santa Fe State Capitol Building, the Bread and Chocolate Tour takes place every Friday from 10-12:15, though other days and times may be arranged.  The tour is an epicurean delight, allowing you to nibble on fresh-baked breads and crepes, specialty chocolate drinks and artisinal chocolates while also exploring the historic Don Gaspar neighborhood and the exciting new developments of the Railyard District.

Your guide, StephanieBeninato, has a Ph.D. in Southwest History and is a font of knowledge.  She will entertain you with her vast knowledge and engaging tales of Santa Fe's fascinating history.

Reservations are necessary and may be made by phoning 505.988.8022.
Cost per person is $65. 
Yum yum yum!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Breakfast with Georgia

Many a guest at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast is a self-proclaimed 'foodie', coming to Santa Fe to explore not just the arts and architecture that make Santa Fe a unique destination, but also for the food culture.  We serve a number of local dishes at the inn, much to the delight of our guests, and know that many visitors also take advantage of the wide array of cooking classes at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

For those of you interested in cuisine, here is another opportunity to learn about our local food culture from an artist's perspective.  On Monday, April 4, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is offering "Breakfast with O'Keeffe".  The featured speaker is Margaret Wood, who was O'Keeffe's companion for five years, and wrote the book A Painter's Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe.   Margaret Wood will speak on the reclusive artist's views on food, life, art and the world from 8:30-9:30am, and a continental breakfast will be served to all attendees.

Apparently O'Keeffe, known for her bold and innovative paintings of the Southwest, brought her creativity into the kitchen as well.  Her menu was always quite varied, with great focus on homegrown and simple, highly nutritious meals.  It is not surprising that there was also a great deal of attention placed on the aesthetics of  food presentation. 

Please note that this event will take place around the corner from the museum itself, at the Georiga O'Keeffe Museum Education Annex at 123 Grant Street.  There is no admission fee, but guests are asked to please call 505.946.1039 to make advance reservations.